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New Zealand Book Awards 2017 longlists announced

The longlists for the 2017 New Zealand Book Awards have been announced.

The longlisted titles in each category are:


  • The Wish Child (Catherine Chidgey, Victoria University Press)
  • A Briefcase, Two Pies and a Penthouse (Brannavan Gnanalingam, Lawrence & Gibson)
  • My Mother and the Hungarians (Frankie McMillan, Canterbury University Press)
  • Love as a Stranger (Owen Marshall, Vintage)
  • Tail of the Taniwha (Courtney Sina Meredith, Beatnik Publishing)
  • Billy Bird (Emma Neale, Vintage)
  • Deleted Scenes for Lovers (Tracey Slaughter, Victoria University Press)
  • The Name on the Door is Not Mine (C K Stead, A&U)
  • Dad Art (Damien Wilkins, Victoria University Press)
  • Strip (Sue Wootton, Makaro Press)

Illustrated nonfiction

  • Islands: A New Zealand Journey (Bruce Ansley and Jane Ussher, Godwit)
  • A History of New Zealand Women (Barbara Brookes, Bridget Williams Books)
  • A Whakapapa of Tradition: One Hundred Years of Ngati Porou Carving 1830-1930 (Ngarino Ellis with Natalie Robertson, Auckland University Press)
  • 101 Works of Art (Ken Hall et al, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu)
  • Mansfield and Me: A Graphic Memoir (Sarah Laing, Victoria University Press)
  • New Zealand Wine: The Land, the Vines, the People (Warren Moran, Auckland University Press)
  • Futuna: Life of a Building (Gregory O’Brien, Victoria University Press)
  • A Beautiful Hesitation (Fiona Pardington, Victoria University Press)
  • Dark Matter (Ann Shelton, Auckland University Press)
  • Bloomsbury South: The Arts in Christchurch 1933-1953 (Peter Simpson, Auckland University Press)

General nonfiction

  • Goneville: A Memoir (Nick Bollinger, Awa Press)
  • This Model World: Travels to the Edge of Contemporary Art (Anthony Byrt, Auckland University Press)
  • My Father’s Island (Adam Dudding, Victoria University Press)
  • New Zealand’s Rivers: An Environmental History (Catherine Knight, Canterbury University Press)
  • The Broken Decade: Prosperity, Depression and Recovery in New Zealand, 1928-39 (Malcolm McKinnon, Otago University Press)
  • The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800-2000 (Vincent O’Malley, Bridget Williams Books)
  • The Big Smoke: New Zealand Cities, 1840-1920 (Ben Schrader, Bridget Williams Books)
  • The World, the Flesh and the Devil: The Life and Opinions of Samuel Marsden in England and the Antipodes, 1765-1838 (Andrew Sharp, Auckland University Press)
  • Being Chinese: A New Zealander’s Story (Helene Wong, Bridget Williams Books)
  • Can You Tolerate This? (Ashleigh Young, Victoria University Press)


  • Back with the Human Condition (Nick Ascroft, Victoria University Press)
  • Fale Aitu/Spirit House (Tusiata Avia, Victoria University Press)
  • Hera Lindsay Bird (Hera Lindsay Bird, Victoria University Press)
  • In the Supplementary Garden: New and Selected Poems (Diana Bridge, Cold Hub Press)
  • Thought Horses (Rachel Bush, Victoria University Press)
  • As the Verb Tenses (Lynley Edmeades, Otago University Press)
  • Fits & Starts (Andrew Johnston, Victoria University Press)
  • This Paper Boat (Gregory Kan, Auckland University Press)
  • And So It Is (Vincent O’Sullivan, Victoria University Press)
  • Beside Herself (Chris Price, Auckland University Press)

The judging panels chose the books from 150 entries.

The judges will announce their shortlist on 7 March 2017. The winners will be announced on 16 May  at the opening night of the Auckland Writers Festival.

The awards are the second since undergoing significant change following the withdrawal of former New Zealand Post Group, with a charitable trust comprising industry bodies taking over administration of the awards in October 2014.


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